Washington [US], September 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the first four-way meeting of leaders in Washington on Thursday with the leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia.
President Joe Biden will host the first four-way summit of leaders from Australia, India, Japan and the United States.
As part of its ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Modi will review the Quadruple Vaccine initiative, announced in March this year, along with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga. said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Leaders will review progress since the first virtual Summit on 12 March 2021 and discuss regional issues of common interest.
They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cybersecurity, maritime security, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, climate change and education.
The quad is made up of four countries: the United States, Australia, India, and Japan. The quartet is working on a much broader agenda that includes safety, economics and health.
Friday’s Summit will provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among leaders based on their shared vision of providing a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
A U.S. official said hosting the Quad as the core is a demonstration of the priority of taking part in the Indo-Pacific, including new multilateral configurations designed to address the challenges of the 21st century.
Ahead of the quartet meeting, Prime Minister Modi met with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and spoke with five global CEOs for potential investment in India.
On March 12, the first virtual summit of the top leaders of the Quad, which includes Prime Minister Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, took place.
During the first Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (The Quartet), the four leaders emphasized a free, open and rule-based Indo-Pacific region that is “attached to democratic values and unconstrained by coercion.”
Prime Minister Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday for his much-publicized visit to the United States. He had previously addressed the Global COVID-19 Summit, convened by US President Biden.
The Prime Minister met with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US Vice President Kamala Harris and five global CEOs for potential investment in India on Thursday. He had talks with Harris at the delegation level.
Biden is scheduled to host Prime Minister Modi at the White House on September 24. This will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Biden took over as President of the United States on January 20.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United States will conclude with a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25 that focuses on pressing global challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to fight terrorism, climate change and other key issues.
Prime Minister Modi is accompanied by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla and a high-level delegation of senior officials.
UNGA’s high-level session opened in New York on Tuesday. The theme of this year’s General Discussion is ‘Building Resilience in hopes of surviving COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting people’s rights and reviving the United Nations’.
Before leaving for the United States to attend the Quadruple Leaders’ Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that his visit will be an opportunity to strengthen the strategic partnership with the United States, Japan and Australia. (MOMENT)